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|Moonlight Over Paris|
To be released January 19, 2016 by William Morrow
Genre: historical novel, romance
Objective rating: 4/5
The prologue and opening sentences of this novel are rather dramatic:
Belgravia, London December 1923
Helena had heard, or perhaps she had read somewhere that people on the point of death were insensible to pain. Enveloped in a gentle cloud of perfect tranquility, all earthly cares at an end, they simply floated into oblivion.But I won't be spoiling anything to reveal that Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr lives on, travels to Paris to live for a year with her wealthy Aunt, a princess by marriage, and studies art in the exciting atmosphere created by the Lost Generation and expatriates living in the City of Lights.
Helena has to overcome her experience of being pointed at and gossiped about after her broken engagement in London, which people wrongly thought of as her fault. She is reluctant to find love again, but the Parisian atmosphere works in her favor and throws her in the path of good artist friends and a romantic interest, an American newspaperman, Sam Howard. But Helena is still reeling from her broken engagement and for a long while, her relationship with Sam seems to be going nowhere.
Moonlight Over Paris was perfect as an easy read for right after the holidays. I recommend it for lovers of romance novels set in the Paris of the 1920s.
"I only have one year here," she admitted. That is, my parents have been kind enough to let me come here for a year and study with Maitre Czerny. But it's not a forever sort of thing. I can't just stay here."